Things I Love Thursday – Martha.

I’m vegan because I love animals – where animals include humans – as well as everyone else in the animal kingdom. As a bit of forewarning, this is going to be a sad post. Loving animals isn’t always easy, and often it’s hard, because animals don’t live forever. And I wish this story had a different ending. But so it goes. We started fostering a cat just a bit over 6 months ago. We decided to call her Martha after a cat from JC’s childhood. #Cat transfer from @xfreeshrugsx complete. Here is Martha. I’m hopeful we will have lots of sweet photos to share eventually, but this is the beginning, and I always forget to take a picture of the beginning. Martha has had a tough life. She will not have a tough life with us. & hopefully when she is ready, she will be able to find a lovely forever home. But right now she has a warm house, and lots of beds to choose from, food, and hiding spots. Thank you to @xfreeshrugsx & her friends for caring and rescuing Ms. Martha Housecat out of the middle of icy frozen nowhere. #rescue A photo posted by MeShell (@veganinyourcity) on Nov 20, 2014 at 6:31pm PST We didn’t know much about Martha at first – we knew she was declawed, she had been left alone in a field outside of the city, we knew that she had chewed her way out of the plastic and metal kennel she was…

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Things I Love Thursday: The Big Apple.

So it’s Thursday, and I’m still in New York City. I don’t know what it is about this city, but it’s always got me feeling introspective. Maybe because it was part of the first big transformative grand adventure I went on by myself, maybe it’s that fast paced life that I feel part of now, maybe it’s because I haven’t had enough pretzels, I don’t know. A common theme for me every week (whether I post a TILT or not) is that I feel grateful for almost everything that has transpired over the last few years. If you had asked me 10 years ago, where I thought I would be, I don’t know if I would have had such a positive answer. Life hasn’t always been easy, but I think the harder parts of the past have made me appreciate all the good good things all that much more. We’re staying in a beautiful condo in Manhattan overlooking the river (a view I love) and with a glimpse of Central Park. Officially we’re catsitting, but really, I have come to the conclusion that all vacations are better when I can borrow a cat (i.e., it’s not really cat sitting, it’s cat borrowing). This is Gizmo (an action shot) When we were in Las Vegas I especially missed our cats, and this time is no different, it’s just a bit easier with another cat around to annoy us. I miss Kes and Emmie, but I know they’re in good hands with cat sitter…

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Vegan MoFo : It’s Caturday!

So I know it’s called VeganMoFo (aka Vegan Month of Food), but I’d like to talk about my very important furbaby if you’ll indulge me. (and this is an opportunity to post a million cat pictures.) We adopted Emmie earlier this year, from Toronto Cat Rescue. TCR is a no-kill, not for profit, registered charity, that is entirely run by volunteers. They also support Trap Neuter Release programs and tend to feral colonies in the city. I think most notably, I first encountered these folks at the 2010 Vegetarian Food Festival, and then researched more and followed them on twitter, and hoped that someday I would be able to help them, or adopt from them. Well, that wonderful day came when my partner and I first decided… “let’s adopt a cat.” And then began our search for a suitable new fur friend. We began with the intention of adopting an adult cat. With my past involvement with Street Cat Rescue I know how hard it can be to adopt them out, and I liked the idea of finding a cat with a somewhat established personality, and one that needed less training. As you can probably tell from the picture… Emmie was not at all an adult cat when we adopted her. Even as I write this, she’s not an adult cat yet. But after meeting over a hundred cats at the Toronto Humane Society, reading the profiles and looking at pictures of even more cats online from different rescue groups…

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